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Old 10-08-2013, 08:10 PM   #141
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Samsung Installed!!!!

The Samsung 197 is installed with anchoring and trim left to do. Boy am I glad that's over. Because of the height issue, I decided to take the wheels off and on the front I bent back the support that held the wheels on. Doing this gave me the height I needed and I ended up with room to spare. I have to figure out how I will anchor it but that should be easy once I get started on it.

I tried it on inverter and it just kept running. The doors are kinda big for the hallway space but it is not really any worse than the old Dometic in that regard. What a beautiful fridge and quickly cooled down. Am going back over this evening to check on it and show the DW what her husband can do when he sets his mind to it.

I was way too busy to take pics of everything but here are a few:

Closing off the top vent. I stuffed insulation in there and used foil tape to cover and seal it. Will probably go on the roof and seal it off up there too.

Next I took off the light and AC vent in case they got in the way. They didn't.

Next is the box without the doors and top "table" that contains the electronics. HD would only deliver next to an RV and would do no install. So I hired someone to do the heavy lifting.

Next I removed the passenger seat base for easier entry.

I also removed the return that holds the front door and put a bungie on the door to the mirror to pull it all the way back to give us max width to get the fridge thru the door. It went pretty well with no real damage to anything.

I'm sorry for the blurry pic of the fridge (darn smartphone). When I go over tonight I will take my SLR and take a real pic.

Next is the open doors with the temp readings on top.

Finally, another view of the install.

Thanks for everyone's help, especially Richard.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:13 PM   #142
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Awesome job, John. Congratulations!!!! Persistence pays off!

Welcome to the Samsung Owners Club.

It looks great like it was always there.

I just had a little hiccup with mine over the weekend. But it has been resolved.

You can read about here. http://www.irv2.com/forums/f54/anoth...ge-179215.html

Let us know if you need help with how to secure it for travel. Also remember that the French doors and the freezer drawer both need to be secured when traveling.

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Old 10-09-2013, 07:23 AM   #143
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Better Pictures

Went over last night to show the DW and she was pretty impressed with it. Now she is thinking of one for our s&b. That will be sooo much easier when we do it.

I put blue painter's tape over the LEDs as she hates them. Gives a blue tint to the fridge. Kinda like it.

Now to the flooring where I was when the old Dometic fridge went out. Oh yea, and anchoring this baby down and the doors. There is always something....
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John,

I see by the photos that your Samsung fridge box sits out an inch or 2 from the side of the frame trim. I must of had a deeper RV fridge cabinet as the front edge of my Samsung fridge box is flush with the front edge of my oak trim.

What does the blue tape do?

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Old 10-09-2013, 09:53 AM   #145
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John,

I see by the photos that your Samsung fridge box sits out an inch or 2 from the side of the frame trim. I must of had a deeper RV fridge cabinet as the front edge of my Samsung fridge box is flush with the front edge of my oak trim.

What does the blue tape do?

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I don't think the face trim is installed yet so it probably will be different when done ... not 2 inches though.
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John,

I see by the photos that your Samsung fridge box sits out an inch or 2 from the side of the frame trim. I must of had a deeper RV fridge cabinet as the front edge of my Samsung fridge box is flush with the front edge of my oak trim.

What does the blue tape do?

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Trim is not on yet and will cover all but the doors themselves. You may have a deeper fridge inset than mine. The doors need space to swing out so that will work. The right door can only open a little more than 90* due to the hallway sliding privacy door that is in the way. But that is ok.

The blue tape reduces the bright glare of the LEDs. She doesn't like halogen either. Has sensitive eyes. Actually the blue is not bad and it gives a filtering effect. Was an instant solution that I will probably keep. Cheap too.

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I don't think the face trim is installed yet so it probably will be different when done ... not 2 inches though.
Yes, that is the case and should work out fine when I get to doing the cabinet work.

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Here's a newb question...If I eliminate the propane fridge and go with a residential on a new RV...is there any reason to add an auto leveling system anymore? Or do I still need to be absolutely level for the furnace/water heater. If not...that could pay for the fridge, extra batteries and a big inverter/charger.
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Here's a newb question...If I eliminate the propane fridge and go with a residential on a new RV...is there any reason to add an auto leveling system anymore? Or do I still need to be absolutely level for the furnace/water heater. If not...that could pay for the fridge, extra batteries and a big inverter/charger.
You would only need to level it for you own personal comfort.
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Here's a newb question...If I eliminate the propane fridge and go with a residential on a new RV...is there any reason to add an auto leveling system anymore? Or do I still need to be absolutely level for the furnace/water heater. If not...that could pay for the fridge, extra batteries and a big inverter/charger.
Whether you have a device that needs to be level to work properly or not, being level (or almost) will make life a lot easier. Even a residential fridge is expecting to be pretty level as a given (as are all major devices like W/D , stove, oven, etc). Some won't function properly without it.

An automatic leveling system is not necessary but some kind of leveling system will keep things in place like while cooking among other things. You wouldn't want to live in a house that was not level.

You would be hard pressed to find a new class A MH without a leveling system of some sort. Class C and B still want to be level but they usually do it with boards under the tires, etc.

A major reason many people buy Class A's is so they don't have to get out and do manual leveling. That tells you right there that leveling is important to most folks. I wouldn't be without it.

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Update

I was at the MH today and checked on the Samsung. Freezer was -2 and fridge was +38 and there was ice in the freezer bin. All is working well.

Now to work on the anchor. I'm thinking of putting an L bracket in front of each front corner and bolted to the steel plate that is the floor. The top is snug against the ceiling so it can't go up and the L brackets on the bottom won't let it go forward. It is already tight against the back wall. I still have air space around the top and sides and I have the rear panel off the back where the compressor is located (did that before installing). I will put wood stops on each side to keep it from moving sideways. This seems like the easiest solution.

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When you design the L brackets which will be attached to the steel plate floor, you could use the bolts that are used in the foot plate, which you had previously reversed, to tie the L bracket to the fridge.

Great job!

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Securing Doors

I made a simple and effective solution to securing the Samsung 197 doors while in motion. I used a single bungie looping thru the top 2 handles and then down to the bottom handle. It is quick and it works. Since the top 2 doors open from the hinges on the sides, the bottom door can't open and they all put a stress on each other that makes it work. They will move a little when pulled on but will snap back into place. Surprised me. See pic below.
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John, I'm going to watch this and see what you end up with. I'm thinking that there isn't much difference from your Marlin and my Tradewinds. Is your fridge on the pass. side with the front furnace under it??
I hope my efforts were helpful to you. We are very happy with the results. Let me know if you want any info. It wasn't easy but very doable. I will finish the trim when I get the new floor down which I will start this week.

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